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March 22, 2014

Airborne 03.21.14: EAA v FAA-Updated, Wright Factory, GAMA Likes EASA, Hartzell

Also: Gogo Update, MH370 and the Insta-Pundits, Oshkosh 2014 Stringers, Solar Plant May Be Aero-Hazard

In some breaking news that reached us AFTER Airborne was scripted, we have learned that EAA and FAA have reached a settlement overt FAA fees for AirVenture that will offer some relief and stability for the next nine years. A few months ago we covered the story about the plan in Dayton, Ohio to preserve two of the Wright Brothers original factory buildings. The Wright Company buildings stand on a 20-acre historic parcel that’s part of the 54-acre, former Delphi auto parts manufacturing plant. We now have good news on the progress of this project.

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FAA Completes Second Study Of General Aviation Airports

ASSET 2 Study An 'In-Depth' Review Of 497 Unclassified Airports

The FAA has issued its second study of general aviation (GA) airports called "ASSET 2:  In-Depth Review of the 497 Unclassified Airports."

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EAA Members Send 28,000 Messages To Congress

Association Urging Support For General Aviation Protection Act

EAA reports that since last week's activation of the "Rally Congress" website, more than 9,200 EAA members have sent nearly 28,000 messages to their elected representatives urging their support of House Bill HR3708 and Senate Bill S2103 - the General Aviation Protection Act.

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New CJ3+ From Cessna Offers Latest Avionics, Cabin And Cockpit

Includes Fully Integrated Garmin G3000 Avionics Suite

Cessna has unveiled a new aircraft to add to the company’s popular line of Cessna CJ-series jets. The new CJ3+ from Cessna includes a state-of-the-art fully integrated Garmin G3000 avionics suite, all-new interiors with a redesigned cabin and cockpit, new pressurization, and new diagnostics systems.

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Mesa Air Group Adds To Senior Leadership Team

Names VP Of Business Development, Director Of Corporate Communications

John Selvaggio has joined Mesa Air Group's senior leadership team as Vice President of Business Development and Resource Planning. With more than 35 years of airline experience with American Airlines/AMR, US Airways and Delta Air Lines, Selvaggio will help steer Mesa’s long-term growth and resource pipeline strategy.

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GA Legislature Passes Aviation Repair Sales Tax Exemption

Out Of State Customers Would Not Be Liable For Such Taxes

The Georgia legislature has passed a measure to make permanent a temporary tax exemption that directly affects the general aviation maintenance industry.

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NASA Selects United Launch Alliance For Solar Orbiter Mission

Atlas V Rocket To Launch Next Generation Sun Explorer

NASA's Launch Services Program announced Tuesday that it has selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) Atlas V vehicle to launch its next-generation sun explorer called Solar Orbiter. This award resulted from a competitive procurement under NASA Launch Services contracts that considered multiple launch providers.

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Unique Balloon Designs Featured At Second Annual Horseshoe Bay Event

More Than 20 Balloons Expected to Participate

More than 20 hot-air balloons from across America will converge at the second annual Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort on Easter weekend, April 18-20, at the AAA four-diamond Horseshoe Bay Resort. This year's festival will feature new activities including: historic war plane flyovers, powered parachutes and award-winning live music.

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Business And GA Industry Leaders Host Members Of The European Parliament

Meeting Held Assess State Of The Sector

Representatives from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (IAOPA), members of industry and Members of the European Parliament convened Friday morning to discuss what progress has been made since the European Parliament published a Resolution on an Agenda for a Sustainable Future of General and Business Aviation in February 2009.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.22.14)

"The tremendous response from the EAA membership sends a clear message. Aeromedical reform has long been a top priority for GA and the participation in this campaign reinforces how important it is to EAA members." Source: Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.14): Metering Fix

A fix along an established route from over which aircraft will be metered prior to entering terminal airspace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.14)

The Warbird Factory

This site is dedicated to 1/48 scale model plastic models that are painted, "weathered" and then photographed. Absolutely amazing craftsmanship, these models are truly works of art.

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